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Resources in Victorian Studies

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Reference Materials

English Historical Documents Ed. David C. Douglas. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1953—.
DA26 .E56 Reference
Dictionary of National Biography Ed. Leslie Stephen. London: Smith, Elder, 1885—1900.
DA28 .D5 1885a Reference
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography onlineUofT logo
Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era Ed. Melinda James Eli Adams, Ed. in chief. Danbury, CT: Grolier Academic Reference.
DA550 .527 2004 Reference
The Encyclopedia of the Victorian World Ed. Melinda Corey and George Ochoa. New York: Holt, 1996.
DA550 .E53 1996 Reference
Companion to Nineteenth—century Britain Ed. Chris Williams. Maiden, Mass.: Blackwell Pub, 2004.
DA530 .C76 2004 Stacks
Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia Ed. Sally Mitchell. New York: Garland, 1988.
DA550 .V53 1988 Reference
The 1890s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art and Culture Ed. G. A. Cevasco. New York: Garland, 1993.
DA560 .E43 1993 Reference
A Reference Guide for English Studies Marcuse, Michael J. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1990.
PR56 .M37 1990 Reference
British Writers Ed. Ian Scott—Kilvert. New York: Scribner, 1979—.
PR85 .B688 Reference
The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English Ed. Ian Ousby; foreword by Doris Lessing. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.
PR85 .C29 1993 Stacks
Victorian Poets Before 1850 Ed. William E. Fredeman and Ira B. Nadel. Detroit: Gale, 1984.
PR591 .V53 1984 Reference
Victorian Poets After 1850 Ed. William E. Fredeman and Ira B. Nadel. Detroit: Gale, 1985.
PR591 .V5 1985 Reference
The Victorian Poets: A Guide to Research Ed. Frederic E. Faverty. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1968.
PR593 .F3 1968 Reference
Victorian Prose Writers Before 1867 Ed. William B. Thesing. Detroit: Gale, 1987.
PR781 .V53 1987 Reference
Victorian Prose Writers After 1867 Ed. William B. Thesing. Detroit: Gale, 1987.
PR781 .V52 1987 Reference
Victorian Prose: A Guide to Research Ed. David J. DeLaura. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1973.
PR785 .D4 Reference
Late—Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists Second Series. Ed. George M. Johnson. Detroit: Gale, 1999.
PR863 .L382 1999 Reference
A Companion to the Victorian Novel Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Westport, Conn: Greenwood, 2002.
PR871 .C64 2002 Reference
Victorian Novelists Before 1885 Ed. Ira P. Nadel and William E. Fredeman. Detroit: Gale, 1983.
PR871 .V55 1983 Reference
Victorian Novelists After 1885 Ed. Ira P. Nadel and William E. Fredeman. Detroit: Gale, 1983.
PR871 .V54 1983 Reference
London, 1066—1914 Vol. 2 & vol. 3. Ed. Xavier Brown. Mountfield, East Sussex: Helm Information, c1997.
PR1111 .L6 L66 1997 Reference
Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849—1905 Topp, Chester W. Denver, Colo.: Hermitage Antiquarian Bookshop, 1993—.
Z1033 .Y44 T67 1993 Reference
Bibliographies of Studies in Victorian Literature for the Ten Years 1975—1984 Ed. Richard C. Tobias. New York: AMS Press, 1991.
Z2013 .B593 1991 Reference
The Victorian Novel: An Annotated Bibliography Mazzeno, Laurence W. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1989.
Z2014 .F4 M39 1989 Reference
Mid—Victorian Poetry, 1960—1879: An Annotated Biobibliography Reilly, Catherine W. New York: Mansell, 2000.
Z2014 .P7 R454 2002 Reference


Use the subject heading “Architecture, Victorian” to find other books in this area.

Victorian Architecture: Four Studies in Evaluation Summerson, Sir John Newenham. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1970.
NA645 .S9 Stacks
The Seven Lamps of Architecture Ruskin, John. London: Cassell, 1907.
NA2550 .R87 1907 Stacks
Pre—Raphaelitism: Lectures on Architecture & Painting, &c Ruskin, John. London: J.M. Dent, 1907.
ND467 .R87 1907 Stacks


Use the following subject headings to find other books on Victotian art:

  • Art, Victorian
  • Painters Great Britain
  • Painting, Victorian Great Britain
  • Painting, Modern 19th century
  • Painters England 19th century
Dignity and Decadence: Victorian Art and the Classical Inheritance Jenkyns, Richard. Cambridge Mass.: Harvard UP, 1992.
N6767 .J46 1992 Stacks
John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye Casteras, Susan P. New York: Harry N. Abrams; Phoenix: Phoenix Art museum, 1993.
N7483 .R87 J64 1993 Stacks Oversize
Painting Women: Victorian Women Artists Cherry, Deborah. London: Routledge, 1993.
ND467 .C45 1993 Stacks
Victorian Painting Lambourne, Lionel. London: Phaidon, 1999.
ND467 .L36 1999 Reference
Victorian Painting Treuherz, Julian. London: Thames & Hudson, 1993.
ND467 .T7 1993 Stacks
Victorian Painters Wood, Christopher. Woodbridge, Suffolk [England]: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1995.
ND467 .W66 1995 Reference
Victorian Photography, Painting, and Poetry Smith, Lindsay. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995.
NX543 .S64 1995 Stacks

History and Sociology

Use the following subject headings to find other books:

  • Great Britain history Victoria 1837–1901
  • Great Britain social conditions 19th century
  • England social life and customs 19th century
  • Great Britain intellectual life 19th century
Documents in British History Comp. Brian L. Blakely and Jacquelin Collins. New York: McGraw—Hill, 1993.
DA26 .D58 1993 Stacks
Daily Life in Victorian England Mitchell, Sally. Westport CT: Greenwood, 1996.
DA33 .M675 1996 Stacks
Contesting Cultural Authority: Essays in Victorian Intellectual Life Turner, Frank, M. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.
DA533 .T86 1993 Stacks
The Victorian Village Souden, David. London: Collins & Brown, c1991.
DA550 .S63 1991 Stacks
Victorian Village Life Philip, Neil. Spring Hill, Idbury : Albion, 1993.
DA667 .P5 1993 Stacks
William Morris: Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain Harvey, Charles and Jon Press. Manchester, England: Manchester Univ. Press, 1991.
HC252.5 .M65 H37 1991 Stacks
Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society Jones, Gareth Stedman. London: Penguin Books, 1992.
HC258 .L6 J6 1992 Stacks
Victorian Values: Personalities and Perspectives in Nineteenth—Century Society Ed. Gordon Marsden. London: Longman, 1990.
HN385 .V55 1990 Stacks
Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England Ed. Peter Groenewegen. Brookfield, Vt.: Elgar, 1994.
HQ1593 .F43 1994 Stacks
Victorian Feminists Caine, Barbara. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
HQ1595 .A3 C34 1992 Stacks
Victorian Women Perkin, Joan. New York: New York UP, 1995.
HQ1599 .E5 P47 1995 Stacks
Work, Gender and Family in Victorian England Ittman, Karl. Washington Square, N.Y.: New York UP, 1995.
HQ614.15 .B73 I77 1995 Stacks
Victorian Cities Briggs, Asa. London: Penguin, 1990.
HT133 .B7 1990 Stacks
Poverty and the Workhouse in Victorian Britain Wood, Peter. Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.: Alan Sutton Pub., c1991.
HV63 .G7 W66 1991 Stacks
The Efficient Secret: The Cabinet and the Development of Political Parties in Victorian England Cox, Gary. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987.
JN1120 .C69 1987 Stacks
Late Victorian Britain, 1870—1901 Harrison, J.F.C. England: Fontana Press, 1990.
HN385 .H352 Stacks
Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion Maynard, John. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.
PR468 .R44 M39 1993 Stacks
In Pursuit of a Scientific Culture: Science, Art, and Society in the Victorian Age Dale, Peter Allan. Madison, Wisc.: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, c1989.
PR468 .S34 D35 1989 Stacks


To find other materials try using the subject heading:

  • music England 19th century
“Music in Victorian Society and Culture” Victorian Studies, Volume 30, number 1 (Autumn 1986).
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The Victorian Music—Hall: Culture, Class and Conflict Kift, Dagmar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
PN1968 .G7 K5313 Stacks


Use some of the following subject headings to find other materials:

  • English drama 19th century
  • English fiction 19th century
  • English literature 19th century
  • English poetry 19th century
  • English prose literature 19th century

Using names of individual authors, followed by the subheading “criticism and interpretation” is the way to find materials about an author’s work.

For example:

  • Browning, Robert 1812—1889 criticism and interpretation
  • Dickens, Charles 1812—1870 criticism and interpretation
Theatre in the Victorian Age Booth, Michael R. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991.
PN2594 .B58 1991 Stacks
Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society Ed. J. Don Vann and Rosemary T. VanArsdel. Aldershot, Eng.: Scolar Press, c1994.
PN5124 .P4 V55 1994 Stacks
The Madwoman in the Attic: the Woman Writer and the Nineteenth—century Literary Imagination Gilbert, Sandra M. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979.
PR115 .G5 Stacks
The Victorian Period: the Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1830—1890 Gilmour, Robin. New York: Longman, 1993.
PR461 .G55 .1993 Stacks
Six Victorian Thinkers Hardman, Malcolm. Manchester, England: Manchester UP, 1991.
PR461 .H28 1991 Stacks
High Victorian Culture Morse, David. Washington Square, N.Y.: New York UP, 1993.
PR461 .M64 1993 Stacks
The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana Nevins, Jess. Austin, TX : MonkeyBrain, Inc., c2005.
PR461 .N42 2005 Reference
Victorian Subjects Miller, J. Hillis. Durham: Duke UP, 1991.
PR463 .M55 1991 Stacks
Gender and Discourse in Victorian Literature and Art Harrison, Antony Hand Beverly Taylor. Dekalb: Northern Illinois UP, 1992.
PR468 .F46 G4 1992 Stacks
Hellenism and Homosexuality in Victorian Oxford Dowling, Linda. Ithaca: Cornell UP 1994.
PR468 .H65 D68 1994 Stacks
Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion Maynard, John. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.
PR468 .R44 M39 1993 Stacks
Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture Anderson, Amanda. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1993.
PR468 .W6 A53 1993 Stacks
The Dialogue of the Mind with Itself: Early Victorian Poetry and Poetics Starzyk, Lawrence J. Calgary: Univ. of Calgary Press, 1992.
PR591 .S83 1992 Stacks
Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics, and Politics Armstrong, Isobel. New York: Routledge, 1993.
PR595 .H5 A76 1993 Stacks
The Everyman Book of Victorian Verse: The Pre—Raphaelites to the Nineties Ed. Donald Thomas. London: J.M. Dent, c1993.
PR595 .P7 E8 1993 Stacks
The Making of Victorian Drama Jenkins, Anthony. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991.
PR734 .S5 J46 1991 Stacks
A Reader’s Guide to the Nineteenth Century English Novel Brown, Julia Prewitt. New York: Macmillan, c1985.
PR861 .B76 1985 Stacks
The Victorian Novel O’Gorman Francis. Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2002.
PR871 .H67 1990 Stacks
The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction Sutherland, John. Harlow, England: Longman, 1990.
PR871 .S86 1990 Stacks
The Early and Mid—Victorian Novel Ed. David Skilton. London: Routledge, 1993.
PR872 .E27 1993 Stacks
Sexuality in Victorian Fiction Allen, Dennis W. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1993.
PR878 .S49 A43 1993 Stacks
Daughters of the House: Modes of the Gothic in Victorian Fiction Milbank, Alison. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.
PR878 .T3 M55 1992 Stacks


Journal of Victorian CultureUofT logo Holdings: Vol. 11, Spring 2006–
Victorian Studies: A Quarterly Journal of the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences Holdings: Vol. 1, 1957–
Victorian Studies Association Newsletter
Victorian PoetryUofT logo Holdings: Vol. 1, 1963–
LITIR Newsletter of Victorian Studies Holdings: Vol. 1, 1983–
Nineteenth Century Fiction (Continued as Nineteenth Century Literature) UofT logo Holdings: Vol. 1, 1946—Vol. 40, 1986;
Nineteenth Century Literature (Formerly Nineteenth Century Fiction) UofT logo Holdings: Vol. 41, 1986–; Several volumes
19th Century MusicUofT logo
Victorian Literature and CultureUofT logo Holdings: Vol. 27 (1999)–;
Availlable Online (no paper holdings available at Pratt)

Article Indexes

Pooles’s Index to Periodical Literature 1893—1938 UofT logo Poole, William Frederick.
Cumulative author index for Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature 1802—1906 Wall, C. Edward. Ann Arbour, Mich: Pierian Press, 1971.
AI3 .W3 Reference
Nineteenth Century Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, 1890—1899, with Supplementary Indexing, 1900—1922. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1944.
AI3 .R47
The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals,
1824—1900. UofT logo
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966—1989.
Z2005 .H6 Reference Available Online
Victorian Database UofT logo 1945—1999
MLA International Bibliography UofT logo 1963—
Historical Abstracts UofT logo 1954—
Periodicals Contents Index (PCI) UofT logo 1770—
Cumulative Author Index for Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature 1802—1906. Wall, C. Edward. Ann Arbour, Mich: Pierian Press, 1971.
AI3 .W3 Reference
Historical Newspapers Online The Official Index to The [London] Times, 1906—1980
Palmer’s Index to The [London] Times, 1790—1905
Palmer’s Full Text Online (The [London] Times), 1785—1870
The Historical Index to The New York Times, 1851—1922

Internet Resources

compiled by: brad holstead, Gabbi Zaldin | updated: October 2011